What does ‘raw’ mean?
How to go raw
Unlike regular diets, most of the time you can’t just pop down to your supermarket to get a snack. The Raw diet requires planning and preparation. To make things easier, plan out your meals for the week, making a list of the ingredients, machines and additives that you will need. This will save you from lapsing on your diet.
To help cut out pesticides, waxes and sprays from your diet, try shopping at your local farmer’s market instead of the supermarket. This will ensure your fruits, veggies, nuts and sprouts are locally grown, chemical-free and, maybe even slightly, cheaper.
One of the downsides to the diet is that a lot of prep work is involved. To make things easier on yourself, do most of this as soon as you get home from the market. Soak your nuts, pickle your sauerkraut, dehydrate your food, mix your granola, and whip up your dressings. Then when you need to get a meal together, you’re not spending hours in the kitchen.
The raw food diet isn’t an easy one with pre-packaged meals or frozen dinners; it requires a lot of thought, planning and determination. Because of this, a lot of rawies decide to downsize their diet by only eating raw two or three days a week. If you’re finding the transition difficult, try only going raw on the weekends, and then move up to three, four, or five days. Brocket says that eating just 20 per cent raw - maybe even just a meal a day - will give you benefits.
The foods you need in your pantry
~ Flaxseeds. Good for crackers, desserts and bread.
~ Psyllium. Good for desserts, breads, crackers and wraps.
~ Coconut kefir
~ Amaranth. Good for cereals, crackers, raw breads, and savoury dishes.
~ Buckwheat. Good for desserts, quiche bases, toppings and raw cereals.
~ Millet. Good for salads, desserts, cereals and crackers.
~ Quinoa. Good as a couscous substitute; add to salads, crackers, savoury dishes and raw breads.
~ Coconut oil
~ Flaxseed oil
~ Olive oil
~ Miso paste
~ Nutritional yeast
~ Himalayan crystal salt
~ Goji berries
~ Coconut nectar
~ Maple syrup
~ Raw honey
~ Apple cider vinegar